Snickerdoodle muddy buddies, also known as puppy chow, is a no-bake, sweet chex mix. Chex cereal is coated in white chocolate and tossed in a blend of cinnamon and sugar.
I can't get enough cinnamon this time of year. That's what makes these snickerdoodle muddy buddies the perfect snack for the fall season. Chex cereal is coated in melted white chocolate, then tossed in two types of sugar and cinnamon.
If you're looking for a puppy chow recipe made without peanut butter, look no further. Snickerdoodle puppy chow is a great alternative for those with allergies! You may also like my other recipes: lemon muddy buddies, Christmas muddy buddies, and strawberry muddy buddies. They're all made without peanut butter.
Snickerdoodle puppy chow is perfect for fall snacking. Readers love serving this for holidays like Halloween and Christmas!
Ingredients and substitutions
- Chex cereal - Any plain chex cereal works for this recipe, like rice chex or corn chex. Wheat chex can also be used if desired. Try using a combination of all three.
- White chocolate chips - Can be substituted with white chocolate melting wafers.
- Granulated sugar and cinnamon - These two ingredients add a snickerdoodle cookie texture to the coating of your puppy chow.
- Confectioner's sugar - Coats your cereal, giving it a classic powdered puppy chow/muddy buddies look.
Tips and tricks
Serve a crowd - As written, this recipe makes about eight half-cup servings. This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to feed a crowd.
Mix in a bowl or bag - For easy cleanup, mix your muddy buddies in a large, gallon-sized plastic bag. It's easy to seal and shake to mix. Otherwise, a large bowl and spoon can get the job done.
Excess sugar? - Don't worry if you see excess confectioner's sugar in the bottom of the bag or bowl. Not all of the sugar is meant to stick on the cereal - this is normal.
Frequently asked questions
Muddy buddies is also known as puppy chow, reindeer chow, reindeer mix, or muddy munch.
It should go without saying, but (after receiving several comments about this) muddy buddies is for humans only, not dogs. This popular American snack was nicknamed "puppy chow" due to its similar look to the dog food with the same name.
For more information, check out: Wikipedia: Puppy chow (snack)
Yes! I'd recommend adding in about 1 cup of mix-ins for every 4 cups of chex cereal used. Here are a few ideas to get you started: mini pretzels, mini marshmallows, graham cracker pieces, golden grahams cereal, M&M's candies, candy corn, peanuts, or pistachios.
Allow your muddy buddies to dry completely before storing. Otherwise, the wet chocolate can build up moisture in the container it's stored in and make the cereal soggy.
Muddy buddies will last about 1 week when stored in a tightly sealed container at room temperature, but is best within 3 to 4 days.
No, it can be stored safely at room temperature. I'd recommend storing in the refrigerator if your home is very warm and the chocolate begins to melt.
Snickerdoodle Muddy Buddies (Puppy Chow)
- 4 cups chex cereal
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 1.5 teaspoons cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- ⅓ cup powdered sugar
- In a large bowl, add cereal. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, microwave white chocolate chips for 30 seconds, stir. Microwave for additional 30 second increments until chips are melted and smooth. Pour chocolate over cereal and stir carefully to fully cover but not break the cereal. Pour cereal mixture into a large gallon size plastic bag (or, continue in the same bowl you're using).
- In a separate bowl, combine cinnamon and granulated sugar. Pour over cereal mixture, close bag, and shake to coat. Add powdered sugar, close bag, and shake to evenly coat cereal (or, stir until evenly coated, if using a bowl).
- Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper and pour cereal mixture into a single layer. Refrigerate for 10-15 minutes (or until chocolate has hardened). Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.
- It should go without saying, but this snack mix is meant for human consumption only and is not made for dogs.
- Optional mix-ins. Try adding 1 cup of mix-ins for every 4 cups of cereal used: pretzels, m&m's candies, nuts, cookie pieces, mini marshmallows, or graham cracker pieces.
- For a large party, try doubling or tripling this recipe.